Letter to Senators on Bill C-279

This letter is in response to the ongoing debate on Bill C-279, a bill being held up in the Senate. Dear Senator: I am writing you in regards to Bill C-279 An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code (gender identity). I am a heterosexual, educated woman who has had ...

A pledge to gather

At today’s Remembrance Ceremony in Ottawa, listening to when King George VI dedicated the war memorial in1939, we were reminded that its purpose was to be a place to gather. A place with which a pledge was made to gather in communities at similar memorials across Canada to remember at the 11th hour on November ...

Rushing to the label

A friend recently reminded me that nothing is black and white. I was thinking about that this morning when a lady beside me said it two or three times in a coffee shop conversation about some news story. Black and white thinking is what helps us to label people, organizations and pretty much anything. A ...

Community + love in Google Books Ngram Viewer

Yesterday I was searching for the meaning in the Van Morrison song Into the Mystic – an artist who has captured my attention the way that Leonard Cohen and Francis Cabrel have. Mystic is such a mysterious word. In the search came up a graph of the word “mystic” in a Google Books product called ...

Overwhelmed? Try hyperthinking

The older I get, the more I see how things we’re taught are often not true. Maybe someone wanted them to be true and as a collective we “agreed.” Like how perfection (or at least the perception of perfection) should lead to happiness. This week Amy Poehler is an example of someone I found who ...

Saturday sight: Parliament Hill

Saturdays are for exploring. This picture is from Saturday, October 12, 2013. My sister, dad and I were on our way to St-Camille, QC (about 1 hour from Lac-Mégantic) to visit relatives (a place where my dad hadn’t been in 50 years). This week as we all felt we were robbed of something, just wanted ...

Anything is possible <> tout est possible

It’s written all over our beautiful city of Toronto. The first time I spotted the French words inscribed somewhere was on a trail next Alexander Muir Memorial Park (author of The Maple Leaf Forever). When I saw it last year, it caught my eye more than any other graffiti because it was out of place, ...

Financial services + social media

Hootsuite hosted an online session last week called Investing in Social: Wealth Management in the Social Era #finserve with Ben Cathers @bencathers from Hootsuite and Courtney Fischbach from global investment company @LeggMason. The highlights included the challenges unique to financial services, a couple key social media stats for all businesses and a few more specific ...

Canadian social media policies, strategies + fears

When I was doing my graduate studies, one thing I found discouraging was the lack of Canadian-specific research about PR/communications. In the past few years, we’ve seen a number of efforts to rectify that, including the industry funded Communications + Public Relations Foundation yearly research project.* A project funded out of Mount Saint Vincent University, led ...

Medical marijuana PR

Over the last while, since the Canadian “courts have required reasonable access to a legal source of marijuana when authorized by a physician,” I’ve had a number of conversations with colleagues about communications surrounding the medical marijuana industry. What has come to my mind is the 1936 film Reefer Madness, described on IMDB as Cautionary tale features a ...